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IRS Records Catalog Finally Goes Digital

Thanks to a Facebook note from music pal Will Harris, I saw the following note that will make many music nerds happy!

Dunno how many others are aware of the fact that a lot of classic albums from the great IRS Records have finally escaped from oblivion and gone digital. I guess there's been a regular roll-out of titles, but I didn't know about it until this week, which was actually the last of six weeks worth of fantastic music being made available once again.

I.R.S. Records

Wow, what a list! The Dada compilation is a bit pointless - No reason to purchase that one, you're much better off just grabbing Puzzle and American Highway Flower instead. I was personally gaga over the Oingo Boingo stuff, and holy crap, how about all of that Lords of the New Church, Wall of Voodoo, Let's Active, Fleshtones, and on and on and on!

Metal fans will be happy to see that both of the classic Shok Paris albums are now available digitally!

I'll link a few of these via Amazon, and you can punch through those links to hunt down any of the other releases.

Side note, I see the Jules Shear side project (with Elliot Easton of The Cars) Reckless Sleepers on the list, but I can't find it on any of the digital outlets.

WEEK ONE: February 10
Drywall - Work The Dumb Oracle
Fleshtones – American Beat '84
Fleshtones – Cold, Cold, Shoes
Fleshtones – Deep In My Heart
Fleshtones – Girl From Baltimore
Fleshtones - I've Gotta Change My Life
Fleshtones – Let’s See The Sun
Fleshtones – Ride Your Pony
Fleshtones – Right Side Of A Good Thing
Fleshtones – Roman Gods
Fleshtones – Screaming Skull
Fleshtones – Shadow Line
Fleshtones – Stop Fooling Around
Fleshtones – Theme From “The Vindicators”
Fleshtones – World Has Changes
Dave Sharp - Hard Travellin'
Wall of Voodoo – Back In Flesh
Wall of Voodoo - Call Box (1-2-3)
Wall of Voodoo – Call Of The West
Wall of Voodoo – Crack The Bell
Wall of Voodoo - Factory
Wall of Voodoo – Lost Weekend
Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
Wall of Voodoo – On Interstate 15
Wall of Voodoo – Red Light
Wall of Voodoo - Tomorrow
Wall of Voodoo - Happy Planet
Wall of Voodoo - Seven Days In Sammytown
Wall of Voodoo - The Ugly Americans in Australia

WEEK TWO: February 17
Animal Logic - Animal Logic II
Caterwaul - Pin and Web
Caterwaul - Portent Hue
Concrete Blonde - Concrete Blonde
Concrete Blonde - Free
Stewart Copeland - The Equalizer
Dada - American Highway Flower
Dada - Puzzle
General Public - Hand To Mouth
General Public – General Public
General Public – General Public (12” Version)
General Public – Hot You’re Cool
General Public – Never You Done That
General Public - Tenderness
Lords Of The New Church – Apocalypso
Lords Of The New Church – Eat Your Heart Out
Lords Of The New Church – Holy War
Lords Of The New Church – Li’l Boys Play With Dolls
Lords Of The New Church – Livin On Livin
Lords Of The New Church - Portobello
Lords Of The New Church – Question Of Temperature
Wazmo Nariz - Checking Out The Check Out Girl
Oingo Boingo – Ain’t This The Life
Oingo Boingo – Bachelor Party
Oingo Boingo – I’m So Bad
Oingo Boingo – Only A Lad
Oingo Boingo – Something Isn’t Right
Oingo Boingo – Violent Love

WEEK THREE: February 24
The Bears - Rise and Shine
The Bears - The Bears
Belinda Carlisle – Belinda
Dada – Best of The I.R.S. Years
Lillian Axe - Poetic Justice
Lillian Axe - Psycoschizophrenia
Nuclear Assault - Something Wicked
Willaim Orbit - Orbit
Willaim Orbit - Srange Cargo 3
Over The Rhine – Best Of The I.R.S. Years
Over The Rhine - Eve
Over The Rhine - Patience
Over The Rhine - Till We Have Faces
Timbuk 3 - Big Shot In The Dark
Timbuk 3 - Eden Valley
Timbuk 3 - Edge of Allegiance
Timbuk 3 - Greetings From Timbuk 3
Jane Wiedlin - Jane Wiedlin

WEEK FOUR: March 3
Pato Banton - Stay Positive
Pato Banton - Universal Love
Pato Banton - Visions Of The World
Pato Banton - Wize Up
Havana 3 A.M. - Havana 3 A.M.
Jools Holland - World Of His Own
Hunters & Collectors - Fate
Hunters & Collectors - Human Fraility
Hunters & Collectors - Living Daylight
Three O'Clock - Arrive Without Traveling
Three O'Clock - Ever After
The Truth - Jump
The Truth - Playground
The Truth - Weapons Of Love

WEEK FIVE: March 10
The DB's – Best Of The I.R.S. Years
The DB's - Repercussion
The DB's - Sound Of Music
The DB's - Stands For Decibels
Dread Zeppelin – Best Of The I.R.S. Years
Monks Of Doom - Cosmodemonic Telegraph
Monks Of Doom - Forgery
Gary Numan - New Anger
Gary Numan - Outland
Gary Numan - Skin Mechanic

WEEK SIX: March 17
Balancing Act - Curtains
Balancing Act - Three Squares
Beat Rodeo - Home In The Heart
Beat Rodeo - Staying Out Late With Beat Rodeo
Robbie Krieger - No Habla
Let's Active - Blue Line
Let's Active - Crows on a Phone Line
Let's Active - Easy Does It
Let's Active - Everyword Means No
Let's Active - Make Up With Me
Let's Active - Ring True
Let's Active - Room With A View
Let's Active – Waters Part
Reckless Sleepers - Big Boss Sounds
Shok Paris - Concrete Killers
Shok Paris - Steel and Starlight
Tom Verlaine - Flash Light

Listen: Oingo Boingo - Capitalism from Boingo Alive (purchase from Amazon)

  • Swapmeet Louie

    I am quite excited to see Dave Sharp’s “Hard Travelin'” on the list. Definitely one I’m going to grab! Thanks for the news!

  • http://TheRippleEffect Racer

    Nice list and great info. Thanks.

    Like you, we’re addicted to vinyl over at the Ripple Effect. I’m still freaking on my mp3 burning turntable, which opened up a whole new (old?) world of music for me.

    If you can, check out what we’re doing at the Ripple Effect, spreading the word on new, unheralded and lost classic artists. We’d love to exchange links.

    Let us know.


    The Ripple Effect

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  • Patrick

    very exciting news about I.R.S, but what about the Skafish album from 1980 on Illegal Records an IRS label???? I didn’t see it listed.

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